• R, 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Isabel Coixet
    In Theaters:
    Sep 26, 2003 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 24, 2004
  • Sony Pictures Classics

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My Life Without Me Reviews

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Curiously, this weepy drama seems a little flatter, less involving, than it should. Especially with a cast like this.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 14, 2003
Erich Scholz

A strangely grim affair that will stretch the patience of more than a few viewers.

Full Review Source: Citysearch | Original Score: 4/10

November 14, 2003
Ian Grey
Orlando Weekly

Silly, dull and depressing.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 1.5/5

November 7, 2003
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Depressingly unmoving, thanks to unaffecting performances and a story that holds no surprises.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/4

November 7, 2003
Kim Morgan

Everything is so picture-perfect that it plays like hackneyed fiction rather than the real-life drama to which it aspires.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

November 7, 2003
Jamie Russell

Coixet's dignified, heartfelt little indie drama proves that dying young doesn't always come with the schmaltz of a Julia Roberts movie. Outstanding.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 5/5

November 5, 2003
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...pulls out all the stops to elicit the requisite emotions from the audience, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 2, 2003
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

It could have easily toppled over into the maudlin. That it doesn't is due in tremendous part to Polley's effortless performance as Ann.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 2, 2003
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Against all odds, My Life Without Me succeeds in spite of itself.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

October 31, 2003
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

An odd and really wonderful mix of sadness and wonder.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 4/5

October 31, 2003
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Less a tearjerker than a thought-provoker.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

October 31, 2003
Matthew Turner

My Life Without Me is an impressively acted, uplifting, thoughtful film that transcends its seemingly depressing subject matter. Highly recommended.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

October 26, 2003
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Takes place in late fall and early winter, when everything is cold, gray and dying. It's a tough context for a tender story.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 24, 2003
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Coixet does an admirable job of sustaining the sadness for long stretches of time.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 24, 2003
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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What's miraculous about My Life Without Me is that the movie avoids bathos almost entirely, its considerable potential for cloying sentimentality undercut by a streak of wry, gentle humor.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 24, 2003

Makes you think twice about what's really important in life and a movie that can do that is a movie worth seeing.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 24, 2003
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A movie that is spare, candid and beautiful in every detail.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 24, 2003
Kelly Borgeson
Premiere Magazine

Polley's Ann is scrappy, honest, and warm, not someone to be pitied or doubted or chastened.

Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 22, 2003
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

A sweetly specific story, tenderly told.

| Original Score: B+

October 19, 2003
Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
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Too flat and confined and false.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

October 17, 2003
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